Are you shopping for a new rug for your bedroom? This bedroom rug placement guide is here to rescue you – and you’ll learn about the correct sizes, too!

Bedroom rug placement and sizing can be so confusing, and you probably have questions. What size rug for a queen bed? What size rug for a king bed?

No worries – we’ve got answers with simple guidelines! Get all the information about how (and where!) to place the correct size of rug under your bed, no matter the size of your bed and your bedroom overall.

A bedroom with a vintage rug under a king size bed.
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Recently we discussed all the guidelines for Layering Rugs On Carpet. This is a trick we’ve used in our Primary Bedroom for ages! We’ve been saving and waiting for the right time to add White Oak Floors in this room.

I’ve written a lot about rugs, including the best Indoor Outdoor Rugs, the Best Kid and Pet Friendly RugIndoor Outdoor Rugs and more!

It sounds so simple, right? Just hide your dated carpet with a pretty rug layered on top. I wish it were that simple! You have to think about the size of your bed and the size of your room. You’ll also need to consider your nightstand placement, anything you’re putting at the end of the bed, and more.

When I realized the bedroom rug placement was actually somewhat tricky, I knew it was time to dedicate a post to these questions! When you’re investing in a new rug, you want to make sure it’s right… the color, the style, and the size are oh-so-important in your space.

A rug under your bed can anchor the entire room and help the space feel finished. It’s a way to add texture, dimension, and a cozy soft feeling underfoot every morning when you wake.

A bedroom with a vintage rug under a king size bed.

Bedroom Rug Placement Guide

Today, let’s chat about how to choose the right size of bedroom rug, and how to place it under a king or queen sized bed!

First, here’s the information you’ll need to consider!

  • Your Bedroom Size
  • Your Bed Size
  • Nightstand size and placement
  • Texture
  • Color
  • Durability

We’ve even created a complete rug guide with the best tips for Purchasing a Rug according to size, budget, materials and durability! You can learn about virtually every type of rug out there, and find out what works best for your family.

A white bed with pillows and a white nightstand in a bedroom.

What Size Rug for a Queen Bed?

Depending on the overall size of your room, an 8×10 rug is often a great starting point. However, a 9×12 rug will show a little more under the bed, which can have a greater impact in the space.

Bigger is also better if you’re trying to fill a larger room or cover unsightly flooring.

An 8×10 rug will allow approximately two feet of rug to show on either side of your queen bed. 8×10 area rugs are often quite affordable and easily accessible because they’re a common size. However, much of the rug’s design will be covered by the bed, so keep that in mind as you choose.


  • For a queen bed, you’ll need at least an 8×10 if not a 9×12.
  • If you choose an 8×10, you won’t see much of a pattern, so keep that in mind.
  • If your room has the floor space, always go larger instead of smaller!
  • In fact, that’s an important rule of thumb in general. Always go with a larger rug… in the store it might look larger than you think you need, but will look amazing once in your space.
A bed with white bedding and a white nightstand, featuring a rug under the bed

What Size Rug for a King Bed?

For your king-sized bed, you’ll want at least an 9×12 area rug, if not larger.

With this size rug under a king bed, you’ll have plenty of space surrounding the edges of the bed, even if you’d like to place a bench or stool at the end of your bed.

Another option? Yes, an 8×10 will also work as a rug under a king bed—but it certainly shows less around the edges and end of the bed. This size could be an excellent choice if your bedroom is smaller, but still has a king size bed.

A bedroom with a dresser and a window, suitable for rug placement and measuring for a king bed.


  • A standard suggestion for a rug size for a king bed is 9×12.
  • Leave 6-12″ of space between the feet of your nightstands and the start of your rug, if possible. (This of course depends on the size of your room versus the size of your rug.)
  • Make sure the rug extends beyond the foot of the bed by at least a foot… more, if you’re adding a bench.
  • When in doubt, go bigger!
A bed with white sheets and pillows in a bedroom.
Looking for more bedroom inspiration? Don’t skip my guide to the best Romantic Bedroom Colors.


  • It might be unexpected if you’re new to the discussion of rug placement, but ideally, you’ll want to place your rug in the opposite direction of your bed. This means it will run length wise against the bottom 2/3 of your bed.
  • While the placement can depend on the size of the rug, bed and room overall, consider placing the rug with its length against the width of the bed, under the front two-thirds of your bed.
  • No matter the size of your room, try to allow at least 2′ to 3’ of rug to show on each side of the bed. There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning and placing your feet on a soft and cozy rug!
  • Ensure your bedroom rug placement under your bed doesn’t extend to the nightstands, to get the designer look you’re after.
  • When it comes to the correct size of rug, consider the space between the edges of the rug and the walls of your room. Try to leave at least a two foot border between your rug and the walls.
A bedroom with a vintage rug under a king size bed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need a rug under your bed?

As with any room of your home, a rug can help define a specific area within your room. A rug under your kind bed or queen bed can help create a cozier, more defined space to showcase the furniture in your bedroom!

Can a rug be too big for a room?

If your rug nearly reaches the baseboards of your room, it’s likely too large. This can actually make your room look smaller than it is, so be sure to add a rug that leaves approximately two feet of space between the edge of the rug and the walls.

What size is a king size bed?

King size bed dimensions are 76” x 80”, or 5′ x 6’6″. This means a 9×12 rug could leave 3 and 1/2 feet on each side of the bed, if it’s placed with the longer ends coming off the sides of the bed.

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  1. Hi Julie,

    I just stumbled across your site and loving your home 🙂 I was hoping you could link for me your bedroom lighting, curtains and rods you used here. I would greatly appreciate it!



    1. Hi Nikki,
      You can find the chandelier here – it’s also linked in the shop section of the blog, if you’re ever looking for more links!
      The curtains and rods were from the RH Outlet some years ago, so I can’t share any links for those unfortunately!
      Thank you for your kind words!

    1. Hi Suzana,
      Round rugs can absolutely work in a bedroom – just make sure it’s big enough to make an impact! You’ll want to ensure that it’s larger in diameter than the bed, if that makes sense.
      Have a great week,

    1. Hi Mary!
      I think I would still place it under the bed, similar to what is shown here, just to anchor the feature of the room. Ideally, your rug will be large enough that it feels centered regardless of the bed placement!
      Have a beautiful week,